John Whelan

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Smashwords book reviews by John Whelan

  • Mistletoe Magic, A Christmas Regency Short Story on Jan. 11, 2012

    Fun.
  • The Lady's Fate (The Reluctant Grooms Series Volume III) on March 25, 2012

    I strongly doubt any chandelier cost 5,000 pounds in Regency times. Ball rooms on the second floor? Possibly but at the time in England there would be a ground floor, then above a first floor and then a second floor. Very unlikely. There are a few unique interpretations of historical characters as well but the story starts off reasonably well.
  • His Robot Wife on April 14, 2012

    Dated?
  • Love Finds Lord Davingdale on April 14, 2012

    Fairly short but quite interesting. Not a lot of detail about the heroine.
  • A Proper Companion (A Regency Romance) on April 29, 2012

    Enjoyable traditional Regency
  • A Garden Folly (A Regency Romance) on April 29, 2012

    Very enjoyable
  • The Maiden At Midnight on April 29, 2012

    An interesting heroine who manages to get the best out of practically any situation.
  • To Wed the Earl - A Regency Novella on Aug. 13, 2012

    Interesting to read
  • This Wicked Man on Sep. 01, 2012

    Interesting and witty dialog
  • Miss Sillithorpe's Hobby on Sep. 21, 2012

    Some of the author's works show promise although I get the impression she could do with a good proof reader. For example Captain is a police rank in the US, it is not a police rank in the UK, there the nearest would probably be inspector and that sort of slip up gets in the way of the story.
  • The Mistletoe Mishap (A Regency Christmas Short Story) on Sep. 21, 2012

    A bit stereotyped and predictable story line.
  • Unsuitable Suitors on Nov. 17, 2012

    Interesting details, certainly a traditional regency with interesting characters as well and no glaring historical errors.
  • How To Build The Perfect Rake on Dec. 22, 2012

    I was always taught that good type setting was invisible. The message was the important thing. When you find yourself starting to look for typos as entertainment you start to wonder about the ability of the story to entertain.
  • Plate Armor and Spacesuits Both Hold Farts on Dec. 26, 2012

    Classic SF and very good short stories.
  • Georgiana Darcy's Diary: Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice continued on Jan. 23, 2013

    One of the problems of self publishing is you get half a dozen authors whom a conventional publisher would have screened out for every author who is worth reading. Anna Elliott makes up for the ones you'd prefer had been screened out. It has its own style, with well observed and described characters and the story gradually twists its way to the end. Very enjoyable.
  • Pemberley to Waterloo: Georgiana Darcy's Diary, Volume 2 on Jan. 26, 2013

    Very well researched, the Battle of Waterloo isn't perhaps the most cheerful of subjects but the descriptions and characters are well drawn. The plot and subplots twist and intertwine nicely. Thank you for writing it.
  • A Similar Taste in Books on Feb. 18, 2013

    The heroine is Lady Haley's daughter, the hero the third son of landed gentry. A short story that I felt could be expanded with some interesting historical detail.
  • A Wife for Winsbarren on Feb. 21, 2013

    An amusing shortish story.
  • The Affairs of Harriet Walters, Spinster on Feb. 21, 2013

    Its written in an odd style that seems to take a negative view of many of the characters. Unfortunately I didn't manage to reach the magic half way point where the tale reputably improved.
  • A Difficult Disguise on April 02, 2013

    Definitely readable
  • A Fine Caprice on April 05, 2013

    Very enjoyable
  • The Irish Bride on April 09, 2013

    Expensive, predictable, skimmable
  • Billy Wolfe's Riding Spirit on April 27, 2013

    A good ghost tale well told.
  • The Belligerent Miss Boynton on April 27, 2013

    An enjoyable traditional Regency by a solid author.
  • Mademoiselle at Arms on April 29, 2013

    A very enjoyable traditional Georgian / Regency romance by an experienced English author so the historical details are accurate. She has a number of books released in large print and as the publisher says if you're printing in large print then you only print the very best.
  • The Grand Tour on May 02, 2013

    A little short but enjoyable. Traditional Regency.
  • Kitty Bennet's Diary on May 07, 2013

    An interesting book but I wonder if some of the characters have drifted a little further away from Jane Austin's original tale. Still worth reading though.
  • Midnight Marriage on May 11, 2013

    Interesting plot.
  • Noblesse Oblige on May 16, 2013

    A little too much graphic detail padding the story out. Some interesting detail but I started skimming about half way through.
  • For Love of Charlotte on May 28, 2013

    Starts off not too badly but then becomes more gothic than regency
  • The Pianoforte on May 30, 2013

    Short fun and interesting. Traditional regency.
  • Uncovering Vanessa on June 01, 2013

    Middling
  • The Other Bennet Girls on June 01, 2013

    Stilted rather than flowing.
  • Perfectly Plain on July 23, 2013

    A little short but worth reading.
  • My Dearest Friend on July 24, 2013

    The author has her own style of writing some descriptive historical parts are interesting but I got the impression that the second half of the book was almost a separate book with chapters added to makeup the length. Not a 5 star but certainly parts are worth reading. A sort of traditional regency.
  • A Gift Unsought on July 25, 2013

    Enjoyable, this time the servants are the main characters. Traditional Regency
  • Kitty on July 26, 2013

    Readable Traditional Regency short story. I especially liked the pert younger sister.
  • A Smithfield Bargain on July 30, 2013

    A little short but a readable traditional Regency
  • Texting Death on Aug. 27, 2013

    Depressing, I'd avoid it. The author has an odd idea of how computers and phones work.
  • Fated Folly on Oct. 24, 2013

    Traditional style Regency but appears to be only published in ebook format. Still very well written. This one has an interesting ending. One sentence from the book that I particularly enjoyed. "‘Clare!’ uttered her father bodingly, shoving his thumbs behind his lapels and drawing himself up straighter, and assuming an expression of severity in which Clare had no belief whatsoever."
  • Garnets on Oct. 27, 2013

    A readable mixture of Regency and possibly science fiction? Some interesting character descriptions.
  • A Christmas Wish on Nov. 02, 2013

    Readable, emotional but well written sort story.
  • The Halo Wave on Nov. 14, 2013

    Traditional Sci Fi predictable in parts but readable
  • The Murder Within on Nov. 15, 2013

    Very oddly formatted in the epub version. Some sentences are bold and in larger type which makes the tale difficult to read.
  • An Unexpected Encounter ( Half Moon House, Novella 1) on Nov. 15, 2013

    Readable traditional Regency.
  • Maelstrom on Nov. 17, 2013

    An interesting Science Fantasy, sort of parallel universe sort of thing. One in which the butler would dispatch the dog cart to the station in 1818. Passenger railways arrived a little later than this 1818 especially in the south of England. There are other subtle differences in the parallel universe as well. In England at the time some prisoners were transferred to serve in the Royal Navy but they were transferred directly on board ship and wouldn't be allowed to drink in the ale house before hand nor would they be transferred to a commercial ship. The book deals with wife beating, gypsy fortune tellers, unmarried mothers, forced marriages, people being burnt alive deliberately, homosexuality and its problems in Regency times. Oh and one mustn't forget the hero with his dark problems and rage that can only be solved by the love of the heroine. I wouldn't say this was a traditional Regency but if you are into science fantasy it may appeal. If it was supposed to be a Regency then it needs proof reading by a good editor to take out the anomalies.
  • Regency Masquerade on Nov. 18, 2013

    Traditional Regency with dubious foreign gentlemen, dubious solicitors etc. Peter Francis was the character I enjoyed the most as well.
  • Three Short Stories on Nov. 23, 2013

    Traditional short stories with gentle twists.
  • Costly Vengeance on Nov. 25, 2013

    A complex subject background that is handled by an author who has some background in the subject in a very black and white way. However it does give some insight as to why Americans are happy to live with the roughly $1,000 a year per person their legal system costs. If you like to think of lawyers as heroes then this book may well be for you. It wasn't for me.
  • Brizecombe Hall on Nov. 25, 2013

    Enjoyable and she gets the history correct.
  • The Shadow Boys on Nov. 25, 2013

    Language is a little stilted, the hero apparently works for the federal government but refers to others who work for the same organization as Civil Serpents.
  • Meeting of the Minds on Nov. 27, 2013

    Difficult to read.
  • Hot Yellow Planet on Nov. 27, 2013

    Perhaps I should have read Pretty Pink Planet first, varied characters but there didn't seem to be much logic in what they were doing.
  • The Uninvited Spook (Short Story) on Nov. 27, 2013

    Readable short story
  • Second Time Around on Nov. 27, 2013

    Confusing
  • The End of the Road on Nov. 27, 2013

    Probably not to my taste than anything else.
  • Test Pilot on Nov. 27, 2013

    Very short but readable
  • The Truth About Terra on Dec. 01, 2013

    Readable and enjoyable
  • The Tie That Binds on Dec. 02, 2013

    Personal view a little short, a little predictable but I didn't actually skim it. You may like it if you believe that doctors are wonderful and all knowing.
  • Introduction to Xarrok on Dec. 02, 2013

    Readable but I'm not certain if its an excerpt or supposed to be a standalone book.
  • A Life in Snow: A World Shifters Story on Dec. 14, 2013

    Well written science fiction
  • The Enchanting of an Earl on Dec. 14, 2013

    Manipulative scheming heroine the hero deserves her.
  • Her Counterfeit Husband on Dec. 14, 2013

    Cliche driven not a traditional regency
  • To Have His Cake (And Eat It Too): Mr. Darcy's Tale on Dec. 15, 2013

    Stilted language, one of many people who have recycled Jane Austen's characters without capturing the essence of her work.
  • Lady Sarah's Redemption on Dec. 16, 2013

    The first half of the book is fine then it drifts as the characters no longer behave as Regency characters could be expected to. A little melodramatic towards the end.
  • Not Past Redemption on Jan. 02, 2014

    Readable Science Fiction
  • Shades Of Smoke on Jan. 24, 2014

    This type of Science Fiction is not my usual book fodder these days but the book is readable. First I had to strip off the fonts and the formatting in Calibre before my epub reader Moonplus reader pro would display it correctly. It starts fairly slowly, it took me to chapter three to get into it but once it starts to roll it improves. Keeping track of who is who I found a little difficult at times, many of the names are similar. I understand one of the authors has a science background and its noticeable that no major liberties are taken on the science side, the quality of writing is not to Terry Pratchett's standard with multiple references at different levels in the same sentence but it uses a number of the same techniques and of course has the mandatory guild of assassins. For a first self published book its not too bad.
  • Margaret Dashwood's Diary on Feb. 01, 2014

    Probably a little more expensive than many of the books on Smashwords but it is well written. Author's who recycle Jane Austin's characters tend to be two a penny and normally I avoid them but Anna Elliott does it very well and manages to write in a style that includes many small domestic details so well worth reading.
  • Brighton Road on Feb. 09, 2014

    Comedy can be difficult and different cultures find different things amusing, I think the author and I are from different cultures. Set in the Regency period but not a traditional Regency many of the characters wouldn't be out of place in a modern American setting.
  • Three Romances: Brizecombe Hall, Kitty & The Hangar Dance on Feb. 09, 2014

    Three good short stories, two historical and one more recent historical.
  • Scandal's Heiress on Feb. 25, 2014

    Readable enjoyable, a Regency what more could you ask for.
  • A Slight Miscalculation: A Half Moon House Short Story on Feb. 27, 2014

    Definitely a short story, one that doesn't have a very complex story line. The word sweet might even come to mind.
  • Clytie's Caller on March 22, 2014

    An interesting book by an American author and worth reading. There are a few small oddities that stand out, would a successful merchant's daughter have been admitted to Almack's? The hero, a doctor, would have been much lower on the social scale than they are presently in the USA and finally why would the heroine and maid wait until after dinner before setting out in a coach to travel to London. Travel by night was normally restricted to full moon but for a journey of 100 miles even with excellent horses it would take two days at eight miles per hour and normally it would take three. It would be very unusual for a women to travel alone even with her maid. The subject is interesting as is the tale but a little more historical research would have added more credibility.
  • The Only Reason for the London Season on March 22, 2014

    The epub version seems to be set in Times Roman a serif typeface that is best suited to 300 dots per inch on a screen a sans serif typeface works better. Generally short sentence length, frothy, readable, the heroine could probably be slipped into a contemporary tale with little change in her dialogue.
  • Forgotten, and other Heartless tales on March 23, 2014

    Starts off well but the ending seemed a little abrupt. When you read the words "THE END" you realise its finished. The three stories do merge into each other nicely.
  • The Abandoned Countess - Abigail's Story on March 25, 2014

    Very enjoyable, what I'd call a traditional regency, the spies, murder etc. seem incidental, the dialog and character descriptions aregood.
  • Rhiannon on March 30, 2014

    Noticeably short but what is there is reasonably written.
  • Lord Hugo's Bride on May 29, 2014

    Set in 1671 it's pre Regency, the roads are worse, but an enjoyable story.
  • The Scandalous Ward on July 06, 2014

    Enjoyable Traditional Regency
  • The Five Kisses on July 10, 2014

    Personal view but the characters seemed a little stereo typed, the plot practically predictable. More emotional perhaps than anything else.
  • A Lady's Point of View: A Regency Romance on Aug. 26, 2014

    Very enjoyable traditional Regency.
  • A Fop and His Fortune on Aug. 30, 2014

    I see the book is tagged as Fantasy, its far more that than a Regency. Perhaps a bit of basic historical research might have helped? It feels as if its an American author who has little knowledge of England or the period and it shows.
  • Under A Lucky Star on Aug. 30, 2014

    Diane Farr is an established writer who has written a number of interesting traditional regencies. The heroine in this one develops in character during the length of the book. Some of her other books are a little lighter.
  • Under The Wishing Star on Aug. 31, 2014

    Traditional Regency, one of her nicer ones.
  • Almost Denied on Sep. 01, 2014

    A non-traditional Regency?
  • Playing to Win on Sep. 04, 2014

    Traditional Regency, Diana Farr what more can you say? Possibly not the most traditional hero and heroine though but still very enjoyable.
  • A Letter Unsent ~ Holmwood House Regency Series ~ Alethea and Pierce on Sep. 07, 2014

    At 14,000 words more a short story than a full length Regency but it works quite well as a short story.
  • Harper's Bride on Sep. 30, 2014

    An enjoyable read, a few interesting historical details.
  • A Lot Like A Lady on Oct. 02, 2014

    Interesting book reasonably priced. I'd probably recommend John Playford's The English Dancing Master to the author as a source of dances danced at this time. Traditional Regency 100% historically accurate probably not but a lot better than many and it does look as if some effort was made on the research side. 3 stars maybe 4, thanks for writing it.
  • Charlotte: The Practical Education of a Distressed Gentlewoman on Dec. 07, 2014

    Unfortunately the story doesn't hang together for me. For example tenancies were normally one year which suited both sides as rents could then be adjusted according to the yields. ie crop yields down then rents would also be adjusted down. Travelling from Bath to London setting off later in the morning than one of the characters would fine, but arriving in London that evening would be travelling at speed unknown in these times. There were one or two other points that started to grate as I read so not for me.
  • Forged: A Fantasy Short Story on Dec. 09, 2014

    Superb, a short story but well written.
  • 3 Regency Lords on Dec. 19, 2014

    Good quality traditional Regencies by a English author who gets the details correct.
  • With This Ring on Jan. 01, 2015

    Enjoyable traditional Regency with some interesting characters
  • Forbidden: A Regency Box Set on Feb. 27, 2015

    There appears to be three stories with four authors. The first tale is well worth the modest price for the collection. The other two weren't quite so entertaining. I still haven't worked out which author wrote which story and there are a number of chapter ones and prologs at the end. There is a page with titles and authors but the tales appear to be untitled in my ebook reader so although I thoroughly enjoyed the first tale I still don't know what is was called or who wrote it.
  • Melissa's Mask on March 09, 2015

    Sometimes I get the impression that some authors have heard of Georgette Heyer but never actually read one of her books or at least understood how carefully they were researched and constructed, so my first reaction on seeing Georgette Heyer mentioned is to avoid them like the plague. This one is different, it actually has a plot, it has historical detail and is fun to read. Very enjoyable, with interesting characters. Four stars because that's normally as high as I go. Traditional Regency that's well worth reading.
  • The Heiress on March 25, 2015

    Traditional Regency, with many sub plots. I feel sure the laws of probability have been suspended for the duration of the book but well worth reading and at about twice the length of many good value as well.
  • The Country Girl on March 29, 2015

    Traditional Regency, with elements of a who done it, quite a bit of historical detail with a number of subplots. Quite a long book but the story flows nicely and it is readable. Some parts might be thought unlikely but they are conceivable.
  • The Travellers on April 25, 2015

    I don't normally rate books as 5 stars, but this one was very enjoyable. A little convoluted perhaps but enjoyable never the less. Some of the characters are very well done. Traditional Regency partly set in France.
  • Shafter: A Science Fiction Adventure on March 11, 2016

    It's been a while since I read any Science Fiction, and this one is quite long. The story is well told with well sketched characters and well worth reading. I generally don't give five stars so four means read it especially taken together with the other review.
  • Trainee: A Science Fiction Adventure on March 12, 2016

    Fairly long, gripping, good story telling but read book one first.
  • Slaves Hate the 2nd Amendment on April 06, 2016

    Not a work of non fiction, very few facts just the writer's beliefs. What is interesting is there is no comparison to other countries where there is stricter gun control in terms of deaths and injuries cause by guns.
  • Alphabet Regency Romance Complete Box Set on April 15, 2016

    The heroines sometimes show the American author's roots but all twelve full books are very readable and the price is more than reasonable.
  • The Abandoned Bride on June 13, 2016

    Enjoyable Traditional Regency with a few gentle twists.
  • The Spinster's Christmas (Lady Wynwood's Spies Prequel) on June 13, 2016

    A regency but not one of the best. Some descriptive parts are good but there are some odd characters that might do better in a psychological setting.
  • A Love Laid Bare on Aug. 09, 2016

    Traditional Regency well written
  • Trusting Lord Summerton on Aug. 10, 2016

    Traditional Regency but with some mention of BDSM which might not be to everyone's taste and for which reason I'll rate it three rather than four stars. Well written.
  • The Reluctant Grooms Series Volume Two on Aug. 14, 2016

    Traditional regency, well half a dozen of them at 4 stars each so a 24 star rating in total but there's only room for 5. Well written and excellent value.
  • The Reluctant Grooms Series Volume Three on Aug. 14, 2016

    Traditional regency, well four of them at 4 stars each so a 16 star rating in total but there's only room for 5. Well written and excellent value.
  • Miss Moser's Student on Aug. 22, 2016

    This book is really part two of The Gardener's Daughter. Both are skim-able. A little too dramatic for my tastes but some may like it.
  • The Gardener's Daughter on Aug. 22, 2016

    This book is really part one of Miss Moser's Student. There are one or two interesting historical bits for the most part its a little long winded and one wonders where the tale might wonder off to next. Both are skim-able. A little too dramatic for my tastes but some may like it.
  • Regrets and Responsibilities on Aug. 28, 2016

    Readable Traditional Recency perhaps hero is strong a word for the main male character as he gets buffeted through the story.
  • The Reluctant Grooms Series - Volume One on Aug. 28, 2016

    Three very readable Traditional Regencies
  • Brides of Falconfell on Jan. 07, 2017

    Traditional Regency with a few added Gothic touches. Well written.
  • Tangled Destinies on Jan. 07, 2017

    Well written traditional Regency
  • Lady of the Lock on Jan. 08, 2017

    Well written and researched Traditional Regency.
  • A Season for Love on Jan. 10, 2017

    Well written Traditional Regency
  • A Gamble on Love on Jan. 26, 2017

    Traditional Regency that explores not just the lords and ladies.
  • O'Rourke's Heiress on Jan. 26, 2017

    Traditional Regency that explores some of the darker side of the period
  • The Demons of Fenley Marsh on Jan. 28, 2017

    Well written Traditional Regency.
  • The Sometime Bride on Feb. 02, 2017

    Traditional Regency. Well written and well researched with many twists in the plot. I very rarely rate any book with 5 stars but this one is exceptionally good.
  • The Temporary Earl on Feb. 04, 2017

    Traditional Regency worth reading
  • The Mists of Moorhead Manor on Feb. 04, 2017

    Traditional Regency worth reading. A bit Gothic perhaps.
  • Mistletoe Moment on Feb. 04, 2017

    A short Traditional Regency.
  • Regency Society Revisited on July 24, 2017

    Time Travel and Regency don't normally mix well but the author has done her research and the end result is readable and enjoyable.
  • Louise on Jan. 21, 2018

    Traditional Regency and the author is well worth reading.
  • Intertwined on April 23, 2018

    Convoluted and there are twists within twists. There are clichés but very nicely done and one is left wondering how the author is going to continue the tale from one paragraph to the next.
  • Girl Gone Nova on July 30, 2018

    Definitely readable.
  • The Appearance of Impropriety on July 30, 2018

    Some Kate Dolan's books are very readable this one is sort of readable. Probably the fact that Enfield is fourteen miles north of the centre of London, plus say another three miles to the west end and the hero walks back and forth to work each day? 30 to 34 miles at 3 mph or roughly 10 hours walking per day. Even with a lift from a carter its doubtful, the optimum carter speed was 2 mph, any faster and you had to feed the horses more food. This one also came up with the publisher name in the author slot of Calibre, hopefully it has been corrected and reloaded.
  • Dinners With Mr. Danville on July 30, 2018

    Traditional regency
  • A Certain Want of Reason on July 30, 2018

    Traditional Regency
  • Entanglement on Aug. 02, 2018

    Traditional Regency
  • A Cornish Connection on Aug. 02, 2018

    Traditional Regency
  • A True Lady on Aug. 04, 2018

    Sort of traditional Regency if you stretch your imagination. Some Edith Layon's are very good. This one is readable but to my mind not one of her more better ones.
  • The Mysterious Heir on Aug. 04, 2018

    TraditionalRegency
  • Red Jack's Daughter on Aug. 04, 2018

    Traditional Regency
  • Lord of Dishonor on Aug. 04, 2018

    Traditional Regency
  • The Bells Below on Aug. 04, 2018

    More a short story but readable. Traditional Regency
  • The Seduction of Sebastian St James on Aug. 04, 2018

    An enthusiastic American author. Does the hero always have to be a duke? The publisher's name comes up in the author field in Calibre. hopefully this can be corrected.
  • The Laird's Right-Hand Lady on Aug. 06, 2018

    Readable
  • Dangerous Homecoming on Aug. 13, 2018

    Traditional Regency. I rarely give any book five stars but this one is exceptional. It is nice to read one that doesn't have a duke for the hero or ground hogs on the road side. More please.
  • High Flyer on Aug. 13, 2018

    Short but readable
  • The Barker's Dozen: Reminiscences of an Early Police Dog on Aug. 14, 2018

    Very readable and thoroughly enjoyable.
  • The Illusions of Love on Aug. 16, 2018

    Traditional Regency
  • Solar Search on Dec. 30, 2018

    Readable
  • Mistletoe on Jan. 09, 2019

    A strange mixture of Church and explicit language. None US readers might not realise that for some health care in America is dependent on charity and the church.
  • Put the Gun Down on Jan. 11, 2019

    Readable
  • Charmed by Charlie on Jan. 11, 2019

    Fun to read.
  • The Raiders on Jan. 11, 2019

    Readable
  • Lord Scoundrel Dies - A Regency Murder Mystery on Jan. 11, 2019

    Enjoyable and readable.
  • The Cost of Sharp Edges on Jan. 11, 2019

    Readable and thought provoking
  • Go and Return - Goth and Rune on Jan. 11, 2019

    Definitely Readable Traditional short story.
  • Door Chorus on Jan. 11, 2019

    Short story with a definite ending.
  • The Inheritance on Jan. 11, 2019

    Readable and touching
  • Doctor Daddy: A Medical Romance on Jan. 12, 2019

    The author writes well but what is truly fascinating about this book to someone who doesn't live in the US is it shows how America manages to spend far more on health care and yet have worse outcomes than many other countries. There is no mention of midwives for routine births. Expensive equipment seems to be purchased without regard to how it can be best utilised and many people end up dependent on charity for their medical needs.
  • La Concierge on Jan. 12, 2019

    An interesting glimpse of Paris.
  • Sail Away on Jan. 12, 2019

    An interesting short story
  • Square Peg in a Round Hole on Jan. 12, 2019

    An interesting short story.
  • Buried Treasure on Jan. 12, 2019

    Interesting
  • Fortune Cookies on Jan. 12, 2019

    A classic short story.
  • Graffiti on Jan. 12, 2019

    An historical short story
  • The M.D.'s Secret Daughter on Jan. 13, 2019

    Readable
  • Manderley on Jan. 13, 2019

    Classic short story
  • The Night Watch on Jan. 13, 2019

    You don't get a lot of character development in 1,340 words but they are used very effectively.
  • Rue Saint Honoré on Jan. 13, 2019

    The author has an eye for detail.
  • Unique on Jan. 13, 2019

    And sometimes you can guess an ending coming up and sometimes you can't.
  • The Visit on Jan. 13, 2019

    An interesting tale about families.
  • Assignment: Groom!: A Madcap Wedding Romance on Jan. 13, 2019

    Fun
  • Jana Adrift on Jan. 13, 2019

    Definitely readable, quite a wide range of 'problems' to overcome.
  • Opening Night on Jan. 20, 2019

    Fun
  • Taking Troy on Jan. 20, 2019

    Readable
  • Alien Hybrid on Jan. 20, 2019

    Readable but perhaps not quite my favourite title from this author.
  • Twelve Little Christmas Stories on Jan. 21, 2019

    Personal view but a little dark for me.
  • Inspector Jameson Murder Mystery Box Set on Jan. 21, 2019

    Shortish sentences, and to me it didn't seem to flow. A quote from the second book "Why don`t you just admit it you bitch?"
  • Azure Sea Gold on Feb. 17, 2019

    Readable.
  • Terra Incognita on Feb. 17, 2019

    Enjoyable Sci Fi
  • Emerald Eyes Destiny on Feb. 20, 2019

    Magical?
  • Her Caprice on Feb. 24, 2019

    A Regency with magic? Not Georgette Heyer, an American author but I didn't notice any Thanks Giving dinners or wild life only found in the Americas in the book. In Calibre the publisher comes up in the author field so obviously not uploaded as a Microsoft Word document. Getting epub documents correctly formatted can be challenging. Readable, it will be interesting to see what else she writes, welcome to Smashwords by the way.
  • A Death In Didsbury on March 21, 2019

    Definitely readable.
  • Letter from a Rake on March 21, 2019

    Didn't cut it as Regency for me.
  • So Much To Answer For on March 22, 2019

    Short story but definitely readable.
  • Tiger on March 22, 2019

    Enjoyable.
  • Kettled on March 22, 2019

    Fairly short but readable.
  • Mercy on March 29, 2019

    Readable with some wicked dialogue. The publisher's name appears as the author in Calibre when downloaded in epub format. ie the epub is incorrectly formatted.
  • Day's Dying Glory on April 23, 2019

    A little too heavy for my tastes but that is purely a personal opinion. Definitely Gothic.
  • Coral Sea Affair on June 02, 2019

    Interesting in its way but with one tiny flaw. When I worked in the civil service occasionally I'd come across security experts with a police background. Two classics were one who didn't trust software encryption he wanted something with real cogs and another who didn't realise that destroying a hard drive didn't mean all the copies of the files were destroyed. At the very highest level of security the important thing was key control for encrypting and decrypting data. We would fly a person to physically carry the keys. Interestingly enough once the data was encrypted we didn't care too much about what happened to it. We would quite happily send it over the internet even though we knew that thirty percent of the servers it would go through were not security patched to the latest standard. So splicing into an underwater cable would not in my opinion compromise the data. Otherwise an interesting book.
  • Boys Don't Ride on June 02, 2019

    Fun
  • Heart's Desire on June 11, 2019

    readable
  • The Case of the Desperate Doctor on July 07, 2019

    Jacqueline Diamond's books are always well researched and edited. I sometimes feel she's more of an orchestral conductor looking at the number of people involved in creating and checking her books. Well worth reading.
  • The Forgetful Lady: A Regency Romance on July 07, 2019

    Traditional Regency
  • Lady in Disguise: A Regency Romance on July 07, 2019

    Traditional Regency
  • Song for a Lady: A Regency Romance on July 07, 2019

    Very enjoyable traditional Regency.
  • A Lady of Letters: A Regency Romance on July 07, 2019

    Very enjoyable traditional Regency.
  • The Case of the Questionable Quadruplet on July 09, 2019

    Definitely readable but the tale continues through other books so you might want to read Safe Harbor Medical Mysteries in order. They are stand alone though.
  • The Case of the Surly Surrogate on July 10, 2019

    More than readable but the tale in the book is continued through the other books in the series. You may want to read them in order.
  • The Ghost and Cheri on July 11, 2019

    Fun to read but one to avoid if you're fed up with get your blood pressure down with more exercise etc.
  • His Hired Baby on July 11, 2019

    Readable but a little heavy on the high tech medicine. I assume they don't have midwives wherever this is set.
  • Danger Music: An Offbeat Murder Mystery on July 12, 2019

    Fun read and correctly describes the pros and cons of bipolar. Review disclosure: I brought my copy.
  • Million-Dollar Nanny on July 12, 2019

    Enjoyable and well worth reading.
  • The Rancher's Unusual Nanny on July 12, 2019

    Enjoyable read.
  • Run, Run, Runaway Bride: A Madcap Wedding Romance on July 12, 2019

    Definitely readable with interesting characters.
  • The Family Next Door: A Heartwarming Love Story on July 12, 2019

    Readable and enjoyable.
  • The Bride Wore Gym Shoes: A Madcap Wedding Romance on July 12, 2019

    Enjoyable.
  • Calling All Glass Slippers: An Enchanting Romantic Comedy on July 12, 2019

    Definitely readable with interesting characters.
  • Cindy and the Fella on July 12, 2019

    Readable
  • His Secret Son: A Romance Mystery on July 13, 2019

    Fun and interesting, I very rarely rate anything 5 stars.
  • Kidnapped? on July 14, 2019

    Some tales depend on something improbable. Kidnapped takes improbability to a new very enjoyable extreme. Readable.
  • The Charity of a Viscount on July 16, 2019

    Readable
  • High Maintenance on July 16, 2019

    Short but fun.
  • Complexities on July 16, 2019

    Readable but perhaps a little predictable.
  • Lonesome Creek (The Westerners, Book 3) on July 17, 2019

    Cowboy but dude range modern. Purely personal but I hadn't realised that the GPS system didn't work in the US countryside before reading this book. At that point in the tale I gave up. Obviously satellites only work over US cities. On a technical note I was always taught that GPS systems work better in the open countryside away from large buildings which can both block and reflect the signal. This confuses GPS devices which means they are less reliable for mapping etc. If you like high powered lawyers working long hours this book maybe for you. Normally for a knowledge worker 35-40 hours per week is optimal or the quality of work suffers. This allows you to mull over things and get the answer at 3 am in the morning.
  • Riding the River (The Westerners, Book One) on July 17, 2019

    Modern dude ranch setting, not to my taste but if you like the idea of governor's granddaughters finding themselves it maybe yours.
  • Officer Daddy on July 17, 2019

    I wasn't sure about this one at the start but it definitely improves as it progresses. There wasn't quite enough description about the pool table though. Well worth reading.
  • Young Gentleman's Day (Book 2 Regency Life Series ) on July 17, 2019

    Very short. The bibliography is good and useful. Some of the comments are a bit subjective and possibly the author has used a broad brush and generalised a little. There were many other things happening besides sport and gambling. London was the center for many activities. The illustrations were fine but on a seven inch 1920x1200 ebook screen were a bit small. I think they could have been made larger. Certainly it should be mandatory reading for American authors who write Regencies as if they were set in modern times. So a bit subjective and specialised but it does include many references. If the illustrations were larger definitely a four star they aren't but not really a three star. The bibliography puts it to four.
  • Resisting Alexandre (Knight Security 0.5) on July 17, 2019

    Some Carole Mortimer books, I like some I can pass on. This is one I enjoyed reading.
  • Harvest Death on July 17, 2019

    I found it a little on the dark and dismal side but that is a personal opinion.
  • Let's Make a Baby! A Wild, Funny Romantic Comedy on July 20, 2019

    Fun one and worth five stars with kidnappings and double crossing crooks.
  • Falling for the Nanny on July 20, 2019

    Readable with an interesting twist to the tale.
  • How She Married a Sheikh: A Surprising Love Story on July 20, 2019

    Definitely readable.
  • Out of Her Universe: A Parallel Universe Thriller on July 21, 2019

    Occasionally you stumble across a book that is interesting. I'd definitely call this Science fiction. Not the author's mainstream writing but well written and worth stumbling across. To misquote "Please Ms can I have some more."
  • Sheikh Surrender: A Romance Mystery on July 21, 2019

    If it was set in the UK it would be a classic whodunit, I think it still is. The clues are there but plenty of red herrings as well.
  • 4 Otherworldly Chillers: Touch Me in the Dark, Shadowlight, Echoes, Out of Her Universe on July 21, 2019

    Contains four books including Out of Her Universe. Out of Her Universe is definitely worth reading. The others well for the difference in price between Out of Her Universe by itself and this collection they're worth exploring.
  • Touch Me in the Dark: A Gothic Romance Mystery on July 23, 2019

    A readable ghost story.
  • Punchline on July 23, 2019

    Readable
  • Million-Dollar Mommy: A Romance Mystery on July 23, 2019

    Worth reading
  • The Eyes of a Stranger on July 23, 2019

    A bit dark in places but readable.
  • Blossoms in the Wind on July 25, 2019

    Definitely readable.
  • Wisps of Snow on July 25, 2019

    Set in New Zealand and set in a background of schools which the author knows well. Definitely readable.
  • Where a Spaceship Goes to Die on July 25, 2019

    Short but interesting.
  • Wisps of Wisdom on July 26, 2019

    Readable, a mixture of school life and action outside school.
  • Wisps of Cloud on July 26, 2019

    Definitely readable but may not be for you if you can't skip the misprints in the text. I've noticed one or two in his other books as well. I think the problem is when authors typed their way through one book a year and published through a publisher the process included editors and proof readers. In today's self publishing world they seem to have disappeared. The authors have a wider range of experience than the traditional authors and can churn out books much faster and they are cheaper than a traditional printed hardback book. The author's computer expert seems to walk on water compared to my own experience in the industry. It is extremely rare that one computer person has such a wide range of experience but if you can overlook the misprints you can probably overlook the improbability of his computer expert and it is fiction. One wonders if it is meant to be science fiction then of course a computer expert would know everything.
  • A Thousand Eves on July 27, 2019

    The sort of book that at the end of the first chapter you feel surely the next chapter will pull it together so you have an idea of what is happening. Chapter three surely will give a frame work. When you get to the end you realise the tale has ended but there is no clear reason why what happened happened. I didn't give up before the end or it would have rated a lower score but perhaps I should have.
  • The Other Mrs Hayes on July 27, 2019

    Readable, but a little dark.
  • Armlet on July 28, 2019

    Readable but sometimes you need to think about what the sentence says. For example "There is is?" Like many of his books it could do with someone going through it and correcting the typos and new edition corrected edition being released.
  • Crystal Souls on July 28, 2019

    Readable but contains a few minor typographical errors.
  • Sweet Temptations on July 29, 2019

    Readable but extremely short.
  • Deadly Blood, A Stan Turner Mystery on July 29, 2019

    Readable, US mystery tale, not perhaps to everyone's taste.
  • Swept Away on July 29, 2019

    Readable
  • My Texas Streak on July 29, 2019

    Definitely readable.
  • The Best Intentions (A Regency Romance) on Aug. 01, 2019

    Traditional Regency
  • The Science of Romance on Aug. 16, 2019

    The author uses too much foul language either I assume in an effort to shock or is just used to using it in everyday life. In my opinion an author to avoid certainly for the Regency era but your taste maybe different.
  • A Marriage of Convenience: A Cinderella Romance on Sep. 04, 2019

    "They climbed a large staircase and Emily found herself staring at the photos of all the Dukes of Ivory. She stopped in front of a photo." One hopes for a little historical accuracy in a Recency. "Wow, mother didn't tell me your guys are in London." and one hopes for the words that might have been used at the time. So readable but it could do with some proof reading by an editor and it isn't overpriced otherwise it might not warrant as many stars as given.
  • Governess for the Rogue Duke (Rakes and Rogues Collection Book 2) on Sep. 07, 2019

    “And if you need us for any reason, do not hesitate to call. I will come myself and fetch you home if I must.” Well yes if she had a very loud voice it might have carried to her home a carriage ride away. I assume the tale is set before Alexander Bell was born.
  • Hatchlings on Sep. 07, 2019

    Another very readable tale, slightly different to some of the others.
  • His Unexpected Muse on Sep. 07, 2019

    Readable, but a little expensive at $6 compared to other Regencies that are around by established authors..
  • The Abominable Major on Sep. 09, 2019

    The author gets the history right even with a historical note on the end. Very readable. probably a 4.5 stars rather than a 4. Some of her others are very definitely five.
  • Heller on Oct. 21, 2019

    Readable
  • Blood Ties on Oct. 24, 2019

    Very readable with twists
  • Regency Royal Navy Christmas on Oct. 29, 2019

    Carla Kelly is an exceptionally talented author who has been writing for many years. She gets the history right and the heroes are not always dukes. Some of her books I prefer to others. This smashwords edition lists four tales in the table of contents. Boxing the Compass, Wait Here for the Present, Slip Number Five, and The Christmas Angle. The second tale is word for word a copy of the first. I assume somehow in the publishing process the wrong tale was inserted. The three short stories that are included are all worth reading however and the book is highly recommended.
  • Heller's Girlfriend on Nov. 02, 2019

    Very readable but one wonders if the heroine will physically survive another book.
  • The Unlikely Master Genius on Nov. 22, 2019

    Perhaps the darker side of Regency times but well written and worth reading.
  • Mary and the Captain on Nov. 23, 2019

    A little bland, recycled characters from Jane Austin or am I just in a bad mood?
  • Blood Sport on Dec. 17, 2019

    Well written at a fast pace and gripping at times. I tend to read something else slower paced between her books.
  • Blood Feud on Dec. 18, 2019

    More than readable
  • Blood Tears on Dec. 28, 2019

    Definitely readable.
  • Heller's Revenge on Dec. 30, 2019

    readable
  • Blue Eyes and Sweet Peach Pie on Jan. 22, 2020

    Very readable
  • Red Hair and a Lot of Flair on Jan. 22, 2020

    Very readable
  • The Love Trilogy on Jan. 22, 2020

    Some of the characters are a bit dark for me. Sort of skimable.
  • Frozen in Crime on Feb. 01, 2020

    Readable
  • Crime in the Community on Feb. 04, 2020

    readable.
  • Cocoons ~ A Feel-good Story for Children ~ on Feb. 04, 2020

    Excellent even if you don't have children.
  • A Creative Crime on Feb. 04, 2020

    Readable
  • A Country Christmas on Feb. 05, 2020

    Readable
  • Paige Carter: Deputy Sheriff Season 1 on Feb. 06, 2020

    Very readable.
  • Winter Wonderland on Feb. 06, 2020

    Very readable
  • A Soldier's Love on Feb. 07, 2020

    A little dark for my personal taste.
  • A Wish For Adam Kincaid on Feb. 07, 2020

    Very readable.
  • Summertime on Feb. 07, 2020

    Short but readable.
  • Grumpy Grandpa Makes a Friend on Feb. 08, 2020

    Very short but readable
  • Clockwork Nessie on Feb. 08, 2020

    Short but readable
  • Cat Patrol Delta, Episode #1: Earthfall on Feb. 08, 2020

    A purely personal point of view and humour can mean different things to different people but not one I read cover to cover without putting it down.
  • Unpredictable Events on Feb. 17, 2020

    Very readable with interesting dialogue.
  • Reunited in Death on Feb. 18, 2020

    Readable
  • A Reformed Character on Feb. 19, 2020

    Very readable
  • Death at the Happiness Club on Feb. 21, 2020

    Readable
  • The Queen of Scots Mystery on Feb. 22, 2020

    Readable
  • Paige Carter: Deputy Sheriff Season 2 on Feb. 23, 2020

    Readable and with a few more words than many books.
  • Mount Haven on Feb. 26, 2020

    An odd sort of book, the dark side is many, many deaths, the interesting side is someone gets shot and doesn't die. It deals with some of the problems in recovering from being shot. These days many authors shot only to kill. The book opens with a burglar being shot dead and raises the question is this an appropriate punishment for burgling. It is far and above what a court would impose. I think the police dog holds it all together though.
  • Paige Carter: Deputy Sheriff Season 3 on Feb. 26, 2020

    Readable but by book three shall we say the situations are getting a bit more implausible for a small town.
  • Wedding Daze on March 02, 2020

    A nice short story with a gentle twist note it is very short.
  • Texas Prairie Brides Trilogy Box Set - A Clean Historical Mail Order Collection on March 04, 2020

    I got the impression the solution to any problem in the book is a bullet so not for me.
  • Touch Not My Heart on March 05, 2020

    Enjoyable with interesting dialogue.
  • The Grand Hotel on March 06, 2020

    Very readable
  • In Pursuit of Happiness on March 06, 2020

    Not to my personal taste, a little different to many historical romances.
  • Oh Gran! on March 11, 2020

    Perfect
  • A Tasteful Crime on March 13, 2020

    Readable
  • The Christmas Puzzle on March 19, 2020

    very readable
  • Death in a Cold Spring on March 21, 2020

    Readable
  • Closer to Death in a Garden on March 21, 2020

    Readable, nice dialogue at times.
  • A Quest in Berlin on March 21, 2020

    Not quite so readable as the Pitkirtly Mysteries, but more a period piece set during the cold war.
  • The Telling Touch on March 24, 2020

    Readable, Regencies and magic don't usually work well together but the author pulls this one off.
  • Chasing Sunset on March 31, 2020

    Readable
  • Kindling Flames Boxed Set (Books 1-3) on April 03, 2020

    Enchanting? Readable definitely
  • Blindsided on April 07, 2020

    Definitely readable
  • An Uncommon Affair on April 07, 2020

    Readable
  • Traveling Man on April 07, 2020

    Readable
  • Mysterious Pitkirtly on April 08, 2020

    Readable
  • What Had to Be Done on April 10, 2020

    I just enjoyed it and I rarely give 5 stars.
  • Millie McLendon: Jayhawker! on April 11, 2020

    I get the impression this is a simplified mixture of fiction and American history aimed at children. The odd thing about it is traditionally the defenders casualties are usually lighter than the attacking force. They get the first shot in if you like but in this story the attacking force seems to have no causalities. Florence Nightingale's book Notes on Nursing was published in 1859, only four years before this story is set. I make no comment on the likelihood of the book being available at the local book shop.
  • The Oblivious Girl's Handbook on April 11, 2020

    Readable
  • The Coffee Shop AU on April 11, 2020

    From the description Kiki is male. Not something that was immediately apparent, but then the plot wasn't either.
  • Once Upon A Coffee (Meet Cute Romance) on April 11, 2020

    Readable
  • Mildred Mistletoe Rescues Christmas on April 12, 2020

    Readable
  • Nancy 9 Investigates The Lost Females on April 13, 2020

    readable
  • Once Upon A Snow Day (Meet Cute Romance) on April 13, 2020

    Readable
  • The Pitkirtly Triangle on April 13, 2020

    Readable
  • Don't Tie the Knot on April 13, 2020

    Set in England in Regency times by an American author. Not what I'd call a traditional Regency but it may appeal to you.
  • Promenade with Death on April 16, 2020

    Readable
  • Pitkirtly on Tour on April 16, 2020

    Readable if a little shorter than some of the others.
  • Two Edwardian Adventures on April 17, 2020

    Very readable and the two stories are connected The link to the video at the end of the book was rather nice as well.
  • Shark Out Of Water on April 20, 2020

    Readable
  • The Only Shark In The Sea on April 20, 2020

    Readable
  • Once Upon a Ring on April 21, 2020

    Readable
  • Chloé and the Beast on April 21, 2020

    Personal view but the characters seemed a little unrealistic for English Regency times.
  • Can't Take My Eyes Off You on April 22, 2020

    Readable
  • Dirty Proof on April 23, 2020

    "If you enjoyed this scene from Cowgirl Fever: Novak Springs book 1" So basically not a short story but just some excerpts from a couple of books.
  • Ground to a Halt on April 24, 2020

    Readable
  • Night Flight From Saigon on April 27, 2020

    Fiction disguised as non fiction?
  • Now's the Day and Now's the Hour on April 27, 2020

    Personally I found this to be fairly heavy going. The historical details may appeal to other readers.
  • Spying in High Heels on April 30, 2020

    Readable and very light hearted
  • Tasha's Tayls #1 on April 30, 2020

    Classic short stories very readable
  • Special Crimes Team Series: Box Set on May 01, 2020

    Very readable but one of those books you wonder if the author will run out of characters as they get shot before the one of the book.
  • Let's Be Just Friends on May 03, 2020

    Readable
  • From Russia with Love (Jokes about Russians and Soviet Culture) on May 05, 2020

    Very readable
  • Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles on May 06, 2020

    Engaging
  • Connected on May 06, 2020

    Readable
  • Trepidation Trail on May 07, 2020

    Purely personal and if you believe in the American dream you might even enjoy it. The word epic comes to mind but it isn't a poem. It is very black and white. There are only good people and bad people. I'll let you guess which side of the line the native Indians are on. Tedious is another word I might use to describe it. I must confess I did skim it so may have missed some redeeming features.
  • Collision Course on May 08, 2020

    Interesting
  • Murder and Poisoned Tea on May 09, 2020

    Readable
  • Year of the Mountain Lion on May 10, 2020

    Readable
  • Bid Not , for My Love on May 11, 2020

    Odd language, old English perhaps, but it doesn't sound right for old English and gets in the way of the story.
  • Sketch of a Murder on May 11, 2020

    Readable
  • How to Train a Boy for Prom on May 12, 2020

    Very readable
  • Stay A Little Longer on May 18, 2020

    Readable
  • The Spy Who Came Out of the Bushes on May 18, 2020

    Readable
  • Midnight in Legend, TN on May 19, 2020

    readable
  • Small Town Christmas on May 19, 2020

    Readable
  • Dusk: Warrior Series Book 1 on May 21, 2020

    Readable, but probably more readable if you like fantasy.
  • Murder and Sweet Tea on May 23, 2020

    Readable
  • Murder and Herbal Tea on May 23, 2020

    Very readable
  • Moments of Gold (Anthology of Short Love Stories) on May 23, 2020

    Readable
  • Model #37 (A Science Fiction Story Two-Pack) on May 23, 2020

    Readable
  • Italian Christmas Proposal on May 23, 2020

    Readable
  • Shell Shocked on May 25, 2020

    Very readable
  • The Merchant's Tale on May 26, 2020

    Traditional Regency with some interesting characters some are possibly slightly exaggerated. I look forward to seeing more from this author.
  • To the Stars and Back on May 30, 2020

    Very readable and a definite twist to it. The author's background is apparent which makes the tale a little different.
  • Killer In High Heels on June 01, 2020

    Readable
  • Murder and Bitter Tea on June 02, 2020

    Readable
  • When You Know What Matters (Windhaven Manor Series #2) on June 02, 2020

    Personal view but a little too much drama for me.
  • Red on June 04, 2020

    Very readable
  • Secrets of the Gap on June 04, 2020

    Readable
  • An Intriguing Encounter on June 04, 2020

    Readable
  • From Newsprint to Footprints on June 06, 2020

    Very readable
  • Bring It On Home on June 06, 2020

    Readable
  • Second Chance Summer on June 11, 2020

    Readable
  • Tess and All Kinds on June 13, 2020

    Short but readable
  • Til There Was You on June 13, 2020

    Very readable but not being American I found the idea of medical treatment being denied because of clauses in the medical insurance coverage a bit depressing.
  • Those Sweet Words on June 13, 2020

    Very readable, and Ari is by far my favourite character.
  • When Love Knocks on June 13, 2020

    Readable
  • A Wallflower's Christmas Kiss on June 13, 2020

    Readable if a little shorter than I expected.
  • Memory's Edge: Part 1 on June 13, 2020

    The author draws in the reader's attention in the beginning but it's a book I'm undecided about. Perhaps part 2 will fill in some gaps.
  • The Rozzers Collection on June 16, 2020

    Very readable, possibly one to be savoured over time.
  • Once Upon A New Year's Eve (Meet Cute Romance) on June 16, 2020

    Readable
  • Frost Fair on June 21, 2020

    Very readable and not quite a regency romance.
  • The Sherbrookes of Newport: A Collection of Novels on July 01, 2020

    Readable
  • The Daddy Trap on July 01, 2020

    Readable, a bit predictable. We used to have a project plan at work that listed all the steps needed. The final step said then a miracle occurs. I'm sure the author knows far more about making batteries than I do but I get the impression the company used that project plan.
  • Countess in Exile on July 03, 2020

    Readable, set in a modern historical context.
  • Rockliffe Books 1-3 on July 05, 2020

    Readable, although I must confess I skimmed over one or two pages.
  • Mud Mafia on July 06, 2020

    Readable probably aimed more at teenagers.
  • Undaunted: One Girl, Many Morons, And The Search For Mr. Right on July 08, 2020

    Fun
  • Watershed Law on July 09, 2020

    Very readable
  • Temptations on July 09, 2020

    A collection of the first few chapters of various books, and no complete tales. To my mind not worth the disk space it takes up.
  • Forever My Earl on July 09, 2020

    A personal view but the plot or tale seems a bit disjointed to me. Characters are mentioned but don't seem to come into play.
  • What I Like About You on July 15, 2020

    Readable
  • Wishful Romance Volume 1 (Books 1-3) on July 15, 2020

    Readable
  • When You Got A Good Thing on July 15, 2020

    Readable
  • The American Earl on July 22, 2020

    Very readable
  • Bidding On The Billionaire on July 22, 2020

    Readable with a few sneaky characters.
  • Dallington Hall 1720-2020 on July 22, 2020

    More a document of research so a little dry for day to day reading compared to Marina Oliver's fiction but if you like history then it may well be to your taste.
  • Murder in the Midi on July 22, 2020

    Readable
  • Protecting The Billionaire on July 22, 2020

    Recycled characters so environmentally friendly. Readable
  • Snowed In With The Ranger on July 22, 2020

    Short but readable
  • Starters. A Four Book Introductory Bundle. on July 22, 2020

    Readable, but always difficult when reviewing a bundle as some tales are more readable than others.
  • A Trick of Fate on July 22, 2020

    Readable
  • Arising Magic on July 23, 2020

    Readable
  • Claire on July 23, 2020

    There seem to be very few books set in New Zealand and this one is reasonable.
  • The Reluctant Earl on July 28, 2020

    Classical Regency
  • Reluctant Date on July 29, 2020

    Enjoyable
  • The Police Chief's Lady: A Downhome Doctors Romance on July 30, 2020

    Very readable
  • My Cowboy Crush on July 31, 2020

    A professional photographer who only carries a single body then switches to disposable cameras when it gets damaged seems very unlikely. If you can accept the above you may like it.
  • Mending Jodie's Heart on July 31, 2020

    Lots of people problems to resolve, but very readable.
  • The Master of Grex on Aug. 04, 2020

    Traditional Regency
  • Mail-Order Misfire: Front Range Brides ~ Series Prequel on Aug. 04, 2020

    A readable mixture of Christianity and guns as only the Americans can conceive.
  • The Legacy and Other Stories on Aug. 05, 2020

    Four short stories but Traditional Regency
  • Gun Hand on Aug. 09, 2020

    Personal view but a bit simplistic. All problems can be solved with a gun and somehow everyone who is shot dies and isn't left with serious injuries that cause problems for the rest of their life.
  • The Heiress on Aug. 09, 2020

    Traditional Regency
  • Finding Bella Blue on Aug. 09, 2020

    Read "Mending Jodie's Heart" first then this book makes a lot more sense. Both are well worth reading and I rarely rate any book 5 stars.
  • Golden Girl on Aug. 09, 2020

    Very readable
  • Emily's Dreams on Aug. 11, 2020

    Readable, and interesting as the character develops.
  • Escape the Volcano on Aug. 11, 2020

    A readable children's book
  • Falling For You on Aug. 11, 2020

    Enjoyable as the characters work things out.
  • Double Fault on Aug. 13, 2020

    Readable
  • Dancing With A Cowboy on Aug. 13, 2020

    Readable but recognise that Americans seem to need a lawyer for everything.
  • Dad by Default: A Downhome Doctors Romance on Aug. 13, 2020

    Enjoyable, I'm not sure if my favourite character is Biker Mike or Sam.
  • Change of Address on Aug. 13, 2020

    Fun, it might not be the most original and historically accurate Regency going but it is definitely readable.
  • Cabin Fever on Aug. 14, 2020

    Enjoyable and readable
  • The Angel of an Astronomer on Aug. 15, 2020

    Some books by Linda Rae Sande I like, others I'm not so fond of. In this one set in 1838 the hero and heroine travel from Northumberland to London via York by train. Unfortunately the first passenger train from York to London ran in 1840. Travelling from Northumberland by train to York would have involved several short train journeys with coach travel between the lines and may not have been possible until 1850 since the railway bridge over the river Tyne only opened in 1849. So readable yes, but some details grate, so 3 rather than 4 stars.
  • Caretakers and Lifesavers - My Memoirs on Aug. 15, 2020

    The inspirational tag should have warned me. This book talks of miracles and blessings. A personal view, one to avoid. However if you believe in miracles and blessings you may enjoy it.
  • The Unwilling Heiress on Aug. 18, 2020

    With a lot of imagination this tale may well have happened but it is stretched. Traditional Regency
  • Touch Me on Aug. 18, 2020

    Readable
  • Sophie's Choice on Aug. 18, 2020

    Some interesting interactions between the characters.
  • Careless Death on Sep. 12, 2020

    Readable
  • Wishful Romance Volume 2 (Books 4-6) on Sep. 17, 2020

    Three books so readable, readable and very readable.
  • Once Upon A Rescue (Meet Cute Romance) on Sep. 17, 2020

    Enjoyable
  • Baby, It's Cold Outside on Sep. 17, 2020

    Enjoyble
  • Once Upon An Heirloom (Meet Cute Romance) on Sep. 17, 2020

    Enjoyable
  • The Sherbrookes of Newport Box Set 2 on Sep. 21, 2020

    Readable a bit heavy on sports and military but that's just a personal view.
  • On the Accidental Wings of Dragons on Sep. 22, 2020

    Enjoyable
  • Moonlight on Sep. 28, 2020

    Enjoyable and readable but read this one first.
  • Starlight on Sep. 28, 2020

    Recycled story line, in much the same way that Alan Ayckbourn's Norman Conquests trilogy is. Read this one after American Girl Versus Saturn for the most enjoyment. I wonder if Emily will get her won book to complete the trilogy? That would be difficult I suspect.
  • Peril in High Heels on Oct. 06, 2020

    An enjoyable read with a few interesting twists.
  • Eagle's Claw Lake on Oct. 07, 2020

    Readable
  • Rockliffe Books 4-6 on Oct. 10, 2020

    Sort of traditional regency definitely readable, the characters seem better developed than in the first three books.
  • Single Father Seeks... on Oct. 10, 2020

    Readable and the author seems knowledgable on the background.
  • Saturday’s Child on Oct. 11, 2020

    A traditional Regency without an Earl or a Duke? This one works better than one or two of her other books. The background is correct and a pleasure to read.
  • Always Believe on Oct. 11, 2020

    Readable
  • Like Twigs in a Storm on Nov. 12, 2020

    Very readable.
  • Generation 7 on Nov. 12, 2020

    Enjoyable
  • The Billionaire Next Door on Nov. 19, 2020

    Readable but not enough descriptive detail about the motorcycle.
  • The Web We Weave. on Nov. 27, 2020

    Readable, a mixture of who dunnit and regency romance but even an author with a degree in English needs an editor to spot the mistakes when preparing a book for sale. "that I reply on you to show mw how to go on." mw should even fail a spell checker never mind a proof reader. Another example has "he" rather than "the" I counted at least four. The book takes some getting into. At one point I thought I might need to create a family tree to keep track of all the characters. But can we have another edition please with the errors corrected. Thanks John
  • The Doctor's Accidental Family on Nov. 30, 2020

    Enjoyable
  • Galumpher Saves the Day, or Rather the Night on Dec. 22, 2020

    Short but fun.
  • All of Me: A Small Town Romance on Jan. 05, 2021

    Readable
  • A Castle for Dragons on Jan. 14, 2021

    Very readable
  • Cosmos Quest on Jan. 18, 2021

    Readable, I'm not totally convinced of some of the computer logic but still readable.
  • Dating Games on Jan. 23, 2021

    Very readable
  • The Disapproving Duke on Feb. 18, 2021

    Readable
  • A Dream for Lani on Feb. 18, 2021

    Enjoyable
  • Dreams to Keep on Feb. 18, 2021

    Readable but a little dated. First published in 1985. Life changed so much since those times.
  • Family Secrets on Feb. 18, 2021

    Enjoyable
  • For the Memory of Dragons on Feb. 20, 2021

    Readable but I prefer to read something else between reading her books for a little variety.
  • For the Heart of Dragons on Feb. 20, 2021

    Enjoyable
  • Really? At Your Age?: A Better Late Romance on March 01, 2021

    Enjoyable
  • A Kind of Honor on March 04, 2021

    Apart from spelling honour, honor in the title the book is an excellent read by a talented author.
  • Wishful Romance: Volume 3 (Books 7-9) on March 04, 2021

    Very readable
  • Doctor Russell on March 04, 2021

    Very readable
  • Strange Magic on March 06, 2021

    Fun one.
  • The Evolution of a Bad Boy on March 06, 2021

    Sort of dunno.
  • The Matchmaker on March 06, 2021

    The problem with humour is it depends on culture. You may or may not find this book humourous.
  • Katherine on March 22, 2021

    If you can ignore the references to God practically on every page the book is surprisingly readable.
  • Chords of Fate on March 22, 2021

    For me the characters don't really ring true. Are all shy people really extreme extroverts waiting to wait up? I don't really think so. I had the impression this was a catalogue of song titles and artists rather than a book. If smoking pot and remembering old pop songs is your thing then provided you are of the precise age to remember when the artists mentioned were popular you may enjoy it. If a year or two younger or older the names won't mean very much.
  • Come Next Summer on March 22, 2021

    Readable
  • Deadly Cool on March 22, 2021

    Very readable if only for the imaginatively censored swear words.
  • Never Disregard a Wallflower on May 07, 2021

    Readable but some parts of the tale seem to be skipped over.
  • His To Protect on May 24, 2021

    Readable but possibly not as readable as some of her other books.
  • An I.O.U. from a Billionaire on May 30, 2021

    Very enjoyable with interesting characters.
  • Hometown Love on May 30, 2021

    Readable
  • Just a Normal Marriage on June 01, 2021

    Very readable
  • Invitation to Love on June 01, 2021

    Readable
  • The Lake Effect on June 04, 2021

    Readable, I like the secretaries they're fun.
  • Let Me Count the Ways on June 06, 2021

    Enjoyable
  • O'Hara's Legacy on June 11, 2021

    An enjoyable, light hearted read and I don't give five stars very often.
  • Oh Auntie! on June 12, 2021

    Very readable
  • The Portrait on June 14, 2021

    Very enjoyable traditional regency
  • The Substitute Bride on July 10, 2021

    readable
  • Walking Walrus Cafe on Aug. 09, 2021

    Readable
  • Emerald Lake Billionaires Boxed Set (Books 1-3): Three Small Town Romances on Aug. 15, 2021

    Very readable but you wouldn't run a database on Android, you might build a front end but not the database. The drawback to plant based medicine is it is very difficult to control the amount of active ingredient from one plant to the next but if you can suspend your beliefs it is a very readable tale.
  • The Bridesmaids Club Boxed Set: Books 1-3 on Aug. 21, 2021

    Very readable
  • A Bride for the Marquess on Aug. 21, 2021

    A personal view is the characters are a little too passionate.
  • Rock Bottom Ranch on Aug. 26, 2021

    Fun to read
  • Limbo Man on Aug. 31, 2021

    Not a Regency but well worth reading. The technical details look correct to me.
  • Hexes and Vexes on Sep. 23, 2021

    Not quite Ankh-Morpork but there are similarities.
  • Glass and Sass on Sep. 24, 2021

    More than worth reading. I hadn't associated Yorkshire with witches, normally Lancashire springs to mind.
  • Once Upon An Academy: Books 1-3 on Oct. 13, 2021

    Worth reading
  • The Ghost Host: Episode 2 on Oct. 13, 2021

    Read them in order. Interesting but can be a little on the scary side at times.
  • Spindles and Spells on Oct. 13, 2021

    Fun to read.
  • The Way of Things on Oct. 26, 2021
    (no rating)
    Readable
  • The Way of Things on Oct. 26, 2021

    Readable
  • Inquest on Oct. 28, 2021

    Very readable.
  • Rites and Knights on Nov. 01, 2021

    Very readable if a little short for the price
  • Song Of Seas on Nov. 03, 2021

    A very readable short story
  • The Return of the Earl on Nov. 04, 2021

    Very readable and enjoyable
  • Darkening Chaos on Nov. 10, 2021

    Readable, one wondered if the author would run out of characters before the end.
  • Secret of Betrayal on Nov. 10, 2021

    Very readable
  • Roses Of Regret on Nov. 10, 2021

    Fun short story
  • Witches and Stitches on Nov. 10, 2021

    Enjoyable
  • Snowspelled (Volume I of The Harwood Spellbook) on Nov. 10, 2021

    Personal view, it didn't leave me wanting to read every page.
  • Trouble Magnet on Nov. 17, 2021

    Extremely readable
  • Lord Richard's Daughter on Nov. 17, 2021

    Readable
  • This Rogue of Mine on Nov. 28, 2021

    Personal view: Fairly explicit language, spicy perhaps, certainly not a traditional regency.
  • Sparks and Marks on Dec. 04, 2021

    Enjoyable full of interesting characters
  • Till Hell Freezes Over on Dec. 07, 2021

    I'll give it five, which I don't do very often. The author knows her subject well and has some interesting characters. Well worth reading.
  • A Switch in Time on Dec. 10, 2021

    Readable, possibly a surplus of red herrings though.
  • Cat and Mouse on Dec. 10, 2021

    Very readable but read the other two in the series first and read them in order.
  • The Simple Life Is Murder on Dec. 13, 2021

    A little different but readable.
  • Hester Dymock on Dec. 15, 2021

    Traditional regency. She gets the details correct.
  • The Almost Queen on Dec. 15, 2021

    Readable short story.
  • X-Force on Dec. 20, 2021

    Personal view but not for me. I'm not keen on females being maltreated by males because of their greater strength. Being a manager is more complex than the book makes it out to be. Often people do not fit in slots and can be instantly transformed by a spot of training. In civyy street experienced staff often know the job better than a new manager perhaps the military is very different.
  • Marrying Mister Perfect on Dec. 24, 2021

    The dialogue between the characters is evil sometimes. I don't give five stars often but this one definitely deserves it. Very readable.
  • The Magic of Music on Dec. 25, 2021

    Mushy but very readable
  • Strictly Business on Dec. 26, 2021

    A very enjoyable read. Lots of accurate British background material and it's well written.
  • The Decoy Bride on Dec. 28, 2021

    Readable
  • Misfits in Space on Dec. 31, 2021

    If you like name dropping and feel anything with a military tag on it is wonderful then this may appeal. It may also appeal to those with a deep religious bent. Personally I feel this is a bit unrealistic. Top down management is interesting but 90% of the ideas come from lower down the chain. Military is wonderful, perhaps but I find it interesting that a number of standard parts of the F35 are no longer made and special runs have to be made to recreate them.
  • Half-Truths on Jan. 03, 2022

    Interesting to read a Welsh author writing about the Americas rather than an American author writing a book set in the UK. One of the nice things about ebooks is some of the older books get republished. This one mentions written notes that get typed up and that is something that happened a long time ago to my memory. Worth reading
  • The Heart Shall Choose on Jan. 03, 2022

    Sort of traditional English romance when exotic locations were set in Europe. Nicely written.
  • All He Wants For Christmas on Jan. 03, 2022

    Very readable but there are some characters that reappear which means there is an ideal order to read these books and I'm not certain what it is.
  • Always a Bridesmaid on Jan. 07, 2022

    Readable
  • To Love Again on Jan. 07, 2022

    Readable
  • Pizza for Two on Jan. 07, 2022

    Readable
  • Truly Yours on Jan. 07, 2022

    Well written traditional Regency.
  • Whiskey & Mistletoe on Jan. 07, 2022

    Readable
  • An Imperfect Love on Jan. 21, 2022

    Readable
  • Jolie Gentil Mysteries - Books Five to Seven on Feb. 14, 2022

    Very readable but read them in order.
  • In His Kiss on Feb. 14, 2022

    Readable
  • Miracle on Mulholland on March 04, 2022

    Very readable
  • The Real Thing on March 04, 2022

    Readable
  • Romancing Miss Right on March 04, 2022

    Readable
  • Shadow Seer on March 05, 2022

    Enjoyable
  • Pumpkins and Proms on March 06, 2022

    Readable but more a long short story.
  • The Courage To Love on March 08, 2022

    Readable
  • Huntsmen and Hoods on March 08, 2022

    Fun to read
  • Wild Lady on March 16, 2022

    English author so mention of traffic hold ups and death duties. Very readable. Note Book two so read book one first.
  • Wild Justice on March 18, 2022

    First published 1996 in paperback. Very readable, definitely an English author set in England.
  • Music of the Heart on March 18, 2022

    Reasonably well written but the language can be a little strong at times, if you are into reading a mixture of christian faith, tattoos, and heavy drinking you may enjoy it.
  • Laura's Wedding (The Bridesmaid's Checklist series) on March 19, 2022

    If you like reading books that use the words "excited" and "incredulous", "No way" and "oldest friend" you may enjoy it. I personally found it a bit too exciting to get past 7.6% I found Natalie's and Marisol's Wedding almost as spell binding.
  • Christmas Stray on March 25, 2022

    Personal view but one to avoid. Elves and puppies at Christmas so fantasy. Juliette I think was written to be annoying but Gabe doesn't come off much better, he comes off as a bit of a drip.
  • A Point of Pride on March 25, 2022

    Readable
  • Rescued by a Bad Boy on March 30, 2022

    Fairly short but very readable.
  • A Stranger's Kiss on April 03, 2022

    Readable, English setting.
  • The Silver Linings Wedding Dress Auction on July 01, 2022
    (no rating)
    Just a comment rather than a review. In Calibre this book comes up with an odd title and gibberish in the author field. I get the impression the book was uploaded directly in epub format.